I thought I would share this 4 generation photograph taken about 1950 or so in Ogden, Weber, Utah. The older lady is Mary Elizabeth Williams Donaldson (7 April 1869 – 29 Mar 1951). David Delos Donaldson (26 March 1894 – 24 September 1953), her son, stands to her right. The other lady, Dora Mary Donaldson Birch (28 May 1920 – 30 July 2001), is the daughter of David. The boy, Jan Claire Birch (3 August 1945 – 14 April 2004) is the son of Dora.
I have written previously about Mary (Donaldson-Williams Wedding) Donaldson and how stern and mean she apparently was in her outward demeanor. This photograph is a complete and polar opposite portrayal of the lady so many have given to me. There must surely have been some joy and happiness in there as this photo seems to indicate (if it is in fact Mary, some are not so convinced).
David (who went by Dave in life) I have also written of previously (Donaldson-Van Leeuwen Wedding) and mentioned his overall characteristics. I wanted to take this opportunity to share another story I just heard recently.
I mentioned in the post about David that he was known for being a tight wad. Well, apparently after he passed away, Dena had a dream about him coming to her during an afternoon nap. He told her that she needed to go to the pantry. She could not figure out why in the world she would need to go to the pantry but did so anyway. She walked into the pantry, downstairs, and turned on the light and started to look around. She noticed what appeared to be a loose brick and went over to investigate. The bricks came away and in a little lockbox behind she found a quit-claim deed to the home made to her and about $1,500. That was quite a bit of money in 1953, but it was just enough to pay off all David’s doctor and funeral bills. There was even enough left for some nice things for Dena.
Dora and Jan Birch I really do not have stories for at this time, maybe some day.